As robotic fleets reshape the logistics, distribution, and inspection industries, the need for more efficient and flexible charging solutions is growing, while manual management of these fleets and round-the-clock staffing shifts to handle sudden charging needs is becoming increasingly infeasible . Therefore, the next step should be to increase autonomy, that is, to keep working without human intervention.This is WiBotic A place to show off.
Improving the autonomy of next-generation robots
Based in Seattle, Washington, WiBotic provides wireless charging and power optimization solutions necessary for charging the rapidly growing aerospace, mobile, marine and industrial robotics ecosystems. A range of solutions enables charging robots and unmanned aerial vehicles (UVs) via wireless charging stations, eliminating the need for a human operator to touch the robot and charging equipment. In addition, wireless charging technology reduces wear and tear on physical connection points, trip hazards from power cords and ground-mounted charging stations, and the use of dedicated charging room space.
WiBotic wireless solutions are designed to facilitate “many-to-many” operation, where multiple robots (including robots from different manufacturers) can be charged from the same charging base at different times. Alternatively, an entire fleet of robots could move through a network of charging docks located at various locations within the warehouse. In short, any robot can be charged from any charging station, even robots with different battery chemistries, voltages and charging currents.
Vicor’s Zero Voltage Switching (ZVS) Regulator Powers Innovation in Wireless Charging Technology
The Vicor 48V VI Chip® PRM Regulator is a 400W high efficiency converter that generates a regulated output from an operating input voltage of 36-75V. The device powers the WiBotic TR-110 Wireless Charging Station’s onboard adaptively matched charging base that wirelessly feeds the robot’s or drone’s on-board receiver. The PRM receives 48V from the AC-DC power supply, and the control of the output voltage is not only adaptive, but the voltage can be fine-tuned between approximately 20-55V.
Vicor PRMs deliver consistent, high-efficiency conversion across a wide range of impedances, with the flexibility to support “full charge” and “trickle charge” modes without significant efficiency degradation at lower power levels. This is a key performance indicator that cannot be achieved with competing power components. This high-efficiency conversion capability results in a highly consistent maximum device temperature of 40 – 45°C, helping to address thermal management constraints across the power range.
WiBotic provides dynamic charging solutions for a new generation of autonomy. Freed from the constraints of manually managing the charging process, these devices enable new levels of functionality and productivity without the constraints of a power source.
Wibotic is dedicated to providing wireless charging and power optimization solutions for the rapidly growing ecosystem of aerospace, mobile, marine and industrial robotics. Its solutions help companies optimize the uptime of robotic fleets and are an important component of fully autonomous working robots. WiBotic has partnered with companies in various industries.The company was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Seattle, Washington
About Vicor Corporation Vicor Helps Wibotic Design Low-Power Development Kits
Vicor Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and sells modular power assemblies and complete power systems based on a variety of patented technologies. Headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, the company sells products in every major power system market, including enterprise and high-performance computing, industrial equipment and automation, telecommunications and network infrastructure, automotive and transportation, and aerospace and defense.
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